George has borne the brunt of all the funeral arrangements, legalities, notices etc.  I know this is part of his job at home but it is so hard to do this for his brother.  We are meeting today with the pastor of our previous home church, Trinity Presbyterian Church.  It is so comforting to have the family of God to rely upon during these difficult days.

My sister Kelly and her son Wilder have come up with us as a right hand of support.  She has the kids most days while we run around making preparations.  When she offered to come up with us I thought it was unecessary, just goes to show that sometimes other people know us better than we know ourselves.  This has been a growing time for all of us.

We have termed this a “sadcation” because it using our family vacation for the summer but is a sad time.  Kelly has been great at getting the kids out to parks and treats like Mc Donald’s.  Yesterday she and I took the non-napping kids to Potter Marsh and we enjoyed God’s beauty.  The phrase that kept running through my head was, “God’s mercy is over all God’s works.”  We breathlessly took in the Alaskan wildlife and foliage; moose, nesting bald eagles, hunting kingfisher, Canadian geese and goslings, marsh marigolds, bluebells, fireweed and the biggest darn dandelions the kids had ever seen.  They are quite taken with blowing the dead dandilions and it is a beautiful reminder of God with us in the valley of death.

Thank you all for your prayers.  The kids are kind of wigged out and George and I are in survival mode, so I beg for prayers of patience, grace and physical healing – we got sick.  Thank you!


4 thoughts on “Arrangements

  1. Crystal,

    You are in our prayers daily! We miss you and can’t wait to see you. We love you and anything you need, please let us know!


    The Nielsens

  2. Oh, yes My Darling,

    We stand with you in this time and continue to lift all of you up to Jesus.

    Much love to all – Momma

  3. So sorry to hear such sad news but glad that you can all be together. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Aunt Ruth and Uncle Tom

  4. We are with you all in our thoughts and prayers. So wish we could be there physically to lend you two and Kelly a hand as well. Sending loves.

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